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J. Patrick Hanley

Anchorage District Court | Third Judicial District

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Justice System Professionals Survey Ratings for Judge J. Patrick Hanley

Judge Hanley was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in January of 2005. This is his fourth retention evaluation. Judge Hanley handles criminal and civil cases.

Performance Summary

After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge Hanley met or exceeded performance standards on all criteria, including legal ability, integrity, impartiality/fairness, temperament, diligence, and administrative skills.

The Council also determined that Judge Hanley met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.

Because Judge Hanley met or exceeded all performance and professional development standards, the Alaska Judicial Council recommends a “yes” vote on retention in office.

Performance Findings

The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge Hanley include:

  • Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge Hanley gave him exceptionally good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Hanley.
  • Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Hanley during 2018 and 2019 rated him 4.9 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “I felt like the judge did an amazing job of explaining part of the process and what our job as the jury was in each of those steps.”
  • Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Hanley’s professional activities showed significant contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge Hanley served as Chair of the court system’s Criminal Rules Committee, and as a member of the Access to Justice Committee, a group that address the array of justice needs Alaskans face. He is a Training Judge for magistrate judges. He has conducted educational sessions for school children in his courtroom, and was a member of the Color of Justice, a program that encourages diverse youth from throughout the state to consider legal and judicial careers. He served for a little over a year as a temporary judge for the Alaska Court of Appeals when that court needed extra help.
  • Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Hanley’s financial and conflict of interest statements, disqualifications from cases, and appellate reversal rates, raised no performance concerns.
  • Timeliness: Alaska law requires judges’ pay be withheld if a decision is pending longer than six months. The Council verified that Judge Hanley was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
  • Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Hanley, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.

Judge Hanley’s Statements to the Public


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